Definition of hoke in English:

hoke

verb

[WITH OBJECT]North American
informal
  • (of an actor) act (a part) in an insincere, sentimental, or melodramatic manner.

    ‘just try it straight—don't hoke it up’
    • ‘The principals of The Wandering Scholar hoke it up, but the piece can take it.’
    • ‘Whether studio pressure can be blamed I couldn't say, but Ford, for all his inventiveness and all his unbound talent, still manages to hoke it up with the best of them.’
    • ‘She has said that the cast was specifically asked to "hoke it up."’
    • ‘That night they were fabulous, hoking it up and ‘yee-haw’ ing.’

Origin

Early 20th century: back-formation from hokum.

Pronunciation:

hoke

/hōk/